Meet the team

Our Psychologists

Graeme Flaherty Jones - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Graeme Flaherty Jones

Clinical Psychologist
Director of Clarity Psychology
North East

Dr Graeme Flaherty-Jones is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Clarity Psychology. Graeme has extensive experience of working with complex neurological disorders across care sectors and is an honorary lecturer for the clinical psychology doctoral programs at Newcastle and Teesside Universities.

Co-author of the critically acclaimed book ‘The Pocket Guide to Therapy’, Graeme has a unique ability to make psychological concepts accessible and practical to influence change. His dedication to providing exceptional quality services has received awards and recognition in his field. At the heart of all Graeme’s work is a passion for developing relationships with others that can be used to bring about meaningful change.

Fiona Syme - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Fiona Syme

Clinical Psychologist
Co-Director of Clarity Psychology
South West

Dr Fiona Syme is a highly enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist who shares the Directorship of Clarity Psychology. A creative individual with exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills which are matched by visions for taking services forward, whilst keeping clients at the centre of progress. Building strong working relationships with all clients, be that individual’s during therapy or with colleagues or companies; Fiona takes huge pleasure from these relationships. Fiona enjoys a varied working week, from therapy clinics, training to a wide variety of organisations, lecturing, and supervising and supporting associates. Self-care is very important for Fiona, and she relaxes most in nature, enjoying outdoor pursuits with her family.

Lisa Logue - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lisa Logue

Clinical Psychologist
North East Regional Lead
North East

Dr Lisa Logue is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and North East Regional Lead of Clarity Psychology. Lisa has specialist training, knowledge and skills in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology. She has experience of working within the fields of neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-psychiatry and neurobehaviour, offering assessment and intervention of complex needs, within inpatient and community settings.

Lisa has experience of integrating and drawing upon a wide range of evidence based approaches to ensure that goals are individually tailored, realistic and meaningful to the needs of her clients. A core value in Lisa’s approach is to work side by side with clients, to explore and understand difficulties together using psychological concepts and ideas which are accessible.

Oliver Bekarma - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Oliver Bekarma

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Oliver Bekarma is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist based in County Durham. Oli has extensive experience of working with complex psychological and neurological conditions across the lifespan and care settings. He is especially interested in neuropsychology, and has completed a post-doctoral diploma in Applied Neuropsychology (University of Glasgow). He contributes to post-graduate teaching on clinically relevant programmes at Teesside University and Durham University.

Oli’s warm, empathic and personable approach enables him to build effective therapeutic relationships with individuals and teams in a timely fashion, and he is recognised for providing high quality assessments, reports and interventions tailored to the needs of clients. Central to Oli’s practice is his desire to work with people to bring about positive change and enhanced quality of life.

Laura-Jayne Carter - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Laura-Jayne Carter

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Laura-Jayne Carter is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist both within the NHS and with Clarity Psychology. She has held previous roles as a Trust-wide Innovation Specialist and has a honoury lectureship at Teesside University.

Working with all age groups, Laura-Jayne has wide-ranging experience in Psychological Therapy, Neuropsychology and Mental Capacity Assessment. She has a special interest in working with teams and systems, Autism, Neuro Rehabilitation, and Paediatric Neuropsychology. Always recovery focused, she is passionate about working creatively with individuals and families to meet their therapeutic goals.

HCPC registration number: PYL29913

Geoff Hill - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Geoff Hill

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Geoff Hill works in an acute NHS care setting as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology where he is the team lead for neuropsychological therapies, amongst other roles.

Geoff has a wide range of expertise in professional medicolegal roles, with particular strength as a treating clinician assisting clients with acquired brain injury, neurological disease, and other long term-conditions to achieve their goals. Although trained in diverse technologies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing, Geoff's therapeutic approach is grounded in mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Geoff is the lead author on the Living Well with Neurological Conditions ACT intervention group protocol

Geoff specialises in cognitive assessments, and in complex cases wherein the client finds it difficult to engage therapeutically. Above all else, Geoff provides a calm, kind, and accepting approach to his clients, and strives towards the highest standards of quality and professionalism in all areas of his work.

Helen MacDonald - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen MacDonald

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Helen MacDonald is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the field of clinical neuropsychology, with a particular interest in neuro-rehabilitation. In addition to completion of the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, Helen has experience of working with a range of neurological conditions, with an emphasis on collaborative working and quality of care for clients and the systems around them.

Helen contributes to neuropsychology teaching on Newcastle University doctoral programme and has achieved a series of publications and conference presentations. HCPC registration number: PYL27334

Ben Marram - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Ben Marram

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Ben Marram is a dual-qualified Psychologist (Clinical and Occupational) providing specialist psychological and neuropsychological assessment, therapy,rehabilitation and consultation. Ben is based in the North East of England and works with individuals, families and teams throughout the region.

As well as a diverse range of experiences delivering evidence-based psychological therapies, Ben has specialist skills and experience in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation. His experience as an Occupational Psychologist allows him to consider wider issues associated with work and employment. Ben has also completed further training in Systemic Family Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Ben is committed to working collaboratively with individuals and their families to ensure timely, meaningful, high-quality and effective assessment and treatment throughout every stage of their journey.

HCPC Registration number:PYL30893

Dr Luke Boothroyd

Dr Luke Boothroyd

Clinical Psychologist North East

I am a senior clinical psychologist providing specialist neuropsychological and psychological assessment, therapy and rehabilitation to people in Yorkshire with a wide range of neurological conditions.

I have also worked in older people’s services providing neuropsychological assessment for older people and working age adults who are experiencing cognitive or behavioural change. I provided intervention for older adults with a range of complex mental health problems, neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury and other acquired brain injury including stroke. I have experience offering consultation to a wide range of organisations to support them to provide person-centred care to the individuals they treat.

Although trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) my therapeutic approach is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am committed to tailoring my approach to an individual’s goals and values and making treatment meaningful and highly effective for each individual.

HCPC Number: PYL34721

Tom Laverick - Clinical Psychologist

Tom Laverick

Clinical Psychologist North East

Tom currently works in child and adolescent mental health services within Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, but he has also worked in primary care with adults with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Tom is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and has Full Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), as well as being trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Tom has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has completed training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).

Marcia Castiel - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Marcia Castiel

Clinical Psychologist North East

Dr Marcia Castiel is a Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in Neuropsychology. Marcia has extensive experience of working with varied and complex neurological disorders in a range of settings. Following her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Marcia completed further specialist training in Neuropsychology as well as in a range of psychological therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This allows Marcia to draw upon a number of therapeutic models when working with her clients to foster meaningful and positive change in their lives.

Marcia has delivered doctorate level teaching on neuropsychological issues at the University of Surrey and Newcastle University. Her doctorate research was published in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal.

Steven Mahan - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Steven Mahan

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Steven Mahan is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with professional experience in many varied areas of Clinical Psychology, including experience in the fields of: Adult and Child Neuropsychology, Head Injury Therapy, Health Psychology, Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Learning Disabilities. Steven provides psychological therapy in the South West with clinics in Bristol and the surrounding area. He currently works as part of the Neuropsychology team within the Head Injury Therapy Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust, where he treats adults with long-term psychological and physical difficulties following acquired brain injuries, supporting patients and their families to adjust to their injuries.

Steven has a special interest in long-term, complex health conditions, medically unexplained symptoms and their associated mental health difficulties. He also has a special interest in working with those with relationship difficulties. At the core of Steven’s therapeutic style is tailoring psychological therapy to each client’s unique needs, presentations, abilities, and experiences; to create a safe and welcoming space that facilitates positive and meaningful change. He has a proven ability to work with individuals, couples, and families to facilitate positive change.

Helen Wood - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen Wood

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen Wood is a Clinical Psychologist based in North Somerset. Helen is experienced in working across the life span and has a particular interest and expertise in working with children, adolescents and their families. She currently works for NHS in a specialist team dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of children in care who have experienced complex childhood trauma. Prior to this she worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and is experienced in working with a range of difficulties such an anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, low mood and deliberate self-harm. Helen draws on a range of theoretical approaches and works collaboratively with individuals and families to help make sense of the presenting issues and intervene effectively. Understanding and building relationships, trust and safety is at the centre of her work. She has completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and holds a diploma in Systemic Family Practice. She is fully accredited by BABCP in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is experienced in using mindfulness based approaches and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Helen enjoys working creatively while staying committed to evidence-based practice.

Rosanna Chapman- Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rosanna Chapman

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rosanna Chapman is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with experience in a variety of clinical areas such as child and adolescent mental health, paediatric health and childhood autism assessment.

Rosanna currently works in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health service specialising in working with young people with Autism. Rosanna’s main approach is using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and she is a fully accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist. Rosanna also has experience with other evidence based psychological therapies, such as Mindfulness-based approaches and Behavioural Activation but also draws on principles from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Attachment theory. She is trained in Autism diagnostic assessment tools, such as the 3DI and ADOS and has completed Level 1 training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Rosanna enjoys working with both individuals and families and has a commitment to providing treatments that are evidence based and NICE recommended, whilst tailoring each therapy to the needs of the client. She also believes that therapy should involve both discovery and change, but places the greatest importance in building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship.

Dr Isobelle Biggin - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Isobelle Biggin

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Isobelle Biggin is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist based in Bristol in South West England. Isobelle is experienced in working with children, adolescences, adults and older adults. She currently works for the NHS with patients across the life span with long-term, complex health and sensory conditions. Prior to this she worked in an Adult Neuropsychology service and is experienced in working with a range of difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, bereavement, behaviour that challenges and neurological difficulties.

Providing a safe space in which to explore a person’s difficulties allows Isobelle to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients. She works collaboratively with the individual and families, whilst drawing on a range of therapeutic approaches, to understand the presenting difficulties and intervene appropriately and effectively.

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